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Princeton's WordNet

  1. abyss, abysm(noun)

    a bottomless gulf or pit; any unfathomable (or apparently unfathomable) cavity or chasm or void extending below (often used figuratively)


  1. abyss(Noun)

    A bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable.

  2. abyss(Noun)

    Hell; the bottomless pit; primeval chaos.

  3. abyss(Noun)

    Infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth.

  4. abyss(Noun)

    The center of an escutcheon.

  5. Origin: * First attested in the late 14th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Abyss(noun)

    a bottomless or unfathomed depth, gulf, or chasm; hence, any deep, immeasurable, and, specifically, hell, or the bottomless pit

  2. Abyss(noun)

    infinite time; a vast intellectual or moral depth

  3. Abyss(noun)

    the center of an escutcheon

  4. Origin: [L. abyssus a bottomless gulf, fr. Gr. bottomless; 'a priv. + depth, bottom.]


  1. Abyss

    In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, the Abyss, or more fully, the Infinite Layers of the Abyss, is a chaotic evil-aligned plane of existence. It is one of a number of alignment-based Outer Planes that form part of the standard Dungeons & Dragons cosmology, used in the Planescape and Greyhawk campaign settings. The Abyss is also the name of one of the faith-based outer planes that form part of the Forgotten Realms cosmology. While the published 3rd-Edition source books indicate that the Abyss of the standard D&D cosmology is not the same plane as the Abyss of the Forgotten Realms cosmology, they are for all practical purposes identical.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Abyss

    a-bis′, n. a bottomless gulf: a deep mass of water.—adj. Abyss′al. [Gr. abyssos, bottomless—a, without, byssos, bottom.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. abyss

    1. The measureless gulf between literature and the American magazine. 2. The distance between a thinker and an editorial writer.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. abyss

    A deep mass of waters; in hydrography it was synonymous with gulf.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of abyss in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of abyss in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of abyss in a Sentence

  1. Kedar Joshi:

    The universe is a philosophical abyss.

  2. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche:

    If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.

  3. Chief Executive Lam:

    Can we bear to push it into the abyss and see it smashed to pieces?

  4. Gerard Magnin:

    Let's hope that Hinkley Point will not drag EDF in the same abyss as Areva.

  5. Honore' de Balzac:

    The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

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